What is an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO)?
Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) were introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which was later amended by the Police Reform Act 2002.
ASBOs are designed to protect the public from behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. An order contains conditions prohibiting the offender from specific anti-social acts or entering defined areas. The orders are not criminal penalties although a breach of an ASBO is a criminal offence.
ASBOs are community-based orders that involve local people in collecting evidence and in helping to enforce breaches. ASBOs encourage local communities to become involved in reporting crime and disorder, and therefore building and protecting the community.
ASBOs are applied for following consultation between the Police, the Anti Social Behaviour Team, and other relevant agencies, for example Housing Authority and/or Youth Offending Service.
You can report anti-social behaviour in your area by contacting the Anti-Social Behaviour Team through their direct number on 01522 873431, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the online form.